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Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs - When and Why to Use Each After week one I shared my thoughts about “What Google+ Means for Education.” I’m on week two now and the big questions are: Do I really need to join another social network? Answer: Yes.If I join Google+ can I give up Facebook, Twitter, and blogs? TwitterTwitter has some important advantages over the other social media contenders. Mobile useHands down, Twitter is the mobile app winner. Of all the social media platforms, Google+ seems to me, to be the best platform for having a conversation. You can select / target who is seeing your comment.

3 Tools for Exploiting the Wifi During Presentations Coming as I do from a background in language teaching that emphasises that the teacher should shut up and get the students to do the talking, I often feel uncomfortable doing conference presentations, many of which still follow the format of; speaker gets up in front of audience with presentation - does presentation - audience listen (try to stay awake) and desperately try to think of a few questions at the end to prove they were awake and listening. One of the gifted- Jamie Keddie. There are of course a few gifted speakers who can hold the audience’s attention for a full hour and keep most of them listening and awake. If like me you’re not one of those, then here are a few tools that, thanks to the increasing availability of wireless connectivity at conference centres these days, might help to turn your passive listeners into a bunch of multitasking audience collaborators. Set up a backchannelOne of my favourite tools to use during presentations is Today’sMeet .

Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org The 6 Ways Teachers Want To Change Schools The results of the recently released MetLife Survey of the American Teacher weren’t surprising to many teachers, as it chronicled a steep decline in teacher job satisfaction. In fact, teachers’ job satisfaction is at its lowest level since 1987. Of the 1,000 teachers polled, only 39 percent claimed they were “very satisfied” with their profession. It is clear from the survey that American teachers are concerned with the state of their profession but more troubling to us, they are not being given a voice in school reform or educational initiatives–decisions usually made by people far removed from local school districts. So, what do teachers want? We set out to conduct our own poll of educators and we asked only a single simple question: How would you improve the educational experience of your students? Smaller Class Sizes A desire for smaller class sizes dominated the responses we received. Unfortunately, we know that in many school districts class sizes continue to get larger. More Books

English360 Humanizing adaptive learning for ELT Part 1: Knewton, adaptive learning, and ELT Part 2: Open platforms and teacher-driven adaptive learning The debate over adaptive learning at eltjam, Philip Kerr’s blog, and Nicola Prentis’ Simple English has been both fascinating and instructive, not only due to the posts but also the great dialogue in the comments. It’s a fun topic because it involves our core beliefs regarding language acquisition, effective teaching, and the roles that technology can play. That said, I can’t help but feel that in some respects we’re thinking about adaptive learning in a limited way, and that this limited perspective, combined with Knewton confusion, is distorting how we approach the topic, making it into a bigger deal than it really is. Adaptive learning in contextI wrote “adaptive learning” in scare quotes above because I think the name itself is misleading. Now, good teachers have been adapting to our students for how long…millennia? Thoughts on IATEFL Liverpool:

5 Reasons Why Our Students Are Writing Blogs and Creating ePortfolios I work in an Independent School in Melbourne, Australia, and this year we have made a commitment to help our students (grades 7-12) create ePortfolios, using an Edublogs campus as the platform. Here are 5 reasons why we are making student blogging and portfolio development a high priority. 1. Positive digital footprints These kids need to establish a positive digital footprint. 2. We want our students to have a handle on how you use digital tools for communication purposes, and not just through networks like Facebook. 3. Our curriculum is becoming more transparent for our parent population. Just think, these students will have a digital archive of their learning, but not only that, they will have comments from friends and family members that they can revisit in years to come. 4. We need a digital space to demonstrate new methods of learning using Web tools. 5. The ePortfolios support our commitment to assist our students with the skills they need for effective digital citizenship.

20 Coolest Augmented Reality Experiments in Education So Far Augmented reality is exactly what the name implies — a medium through which the known world fuses with current technology to create a uniquely blended interactive experience. While still more or less a nascent entity in the frequently Luddite education industry, more and more teachers, researchers, and developers contribute their ideas and inventions towards the cause of more interactive learning environments. Many of these result in some of the most creative, engaging experiences imaginable, and as adherence grows, so too will students of all ages. Second Life:Because it involves a Stephenson-esque reality where anything can happen, Second Life proved an incredibly valuable tool for educators hoping to reach a broad audience — or offering even more ways to learn for their own bands of students.

Delta Development Blog Monday 14 April 2014 Interview with David Heathfield by Helen Beesley No comments Watch David Heathfield being interviewed at IATEFL Harrogate 2014 about his new title Storytelling With Our Students. Wednesday 19 March 2014 Louis Rogers talks about Delta Academic Objectives by Helen Beesley No comments In this video author Louis Rogers talks about the two tiltes he has written in the Delta Academic Objectives series. Judy West shows you how to introduce the Ben the Bear puppet by Helen Beesley No comments Watch this short video to see Judy West, author of our new Kindergarten English course Say Hello, show how to introduce the Ben the Bear puppet to pupils. Saturday 8 March 2014 Learning to Teach English Second Edition – DVD clip by Helen Beesley No comments Watch this clip from the DVD that accompanies the brand new second edition of Learning to Teach English by Peter Watkins. Imagining and improvising with Storyteller David Heathfield by Helen Beesley No comments Monday 3 March 2014

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